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Pickle Barrel House Museum, Grand Marais

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The Pickle Barrel House is a two-story cabin built to resemble two barrels. The house design is based on cartoon characters that were two inches tall and lived under a rose bush in a pickle barrel. It is currently located in Grand Marais, Michigan on Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Superior. It is near the intersection of state highway M-77 and county road H-58 of this gateway town to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The main part is a 16-foot (4.88 m) tall barrel and has two stories. The main floor is for the living area and the upstairs is a bedroom. A smaller barrel serves as the kitchen and the two barrels are connected by a pantry. There is an outdoor garden and also a seating area with a garden path between these two.HistoryEarlyWilliam Donahey was an author, illustrator, and cartoonist. He created the Teenie Weenies cartoon feature which was a widely syndicated comic that debuted in the Chicago Tribune in 1914. The comic feature continued until his death in 1970. It featured tiny people who lived in a world of life-sized objects. To these tiny people the real world objects were gargantuan.Donahey did several advertisements for Reid-Murdock & Company for the Monarch Foods line. Teenie Weenies were on many of the labels of Monarch food products including coffee, peanut butter, popcorn, sausage, bacon, and all kinds of vegetables, including pickles. One advertisement featured a small pickle keg that was used as a house by some of his Teenie Weenies children characters.
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  • This is a quaint museum with local history! Informational and history about the local community. t's a short visit and great for quick visit, great for children as it is not overwhelming and a fun vis...  more »
  • this place is really neat, a different kind of stop that leaves you in wonderment of days gone by, browse this tiniest of museums for free but leave a tip or donation so that others may follow. You wo...  more »
  • I think children would like this place. Its tiny. Its interesting . I learned about the family that was responsible for it. There are stairs. They are steep but small.  more »
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  • Cool tiny house with a bunch of history.
  • It's right next door to the Tavern!